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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Black Women Staff and Administrators’ Perceptions of Organizational Culture at a Highly Selective PWI
by Robertson, Brittany Kiara, Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2020, 196; 27996864
Abstract (Summary)

Black women staff and administrators in colleges and universities are essential to the success and well-being of students, yet their voices and experiences are often neglected in the literature (Luedke, 2017). This phenomenological study highlights the experiences of 20 Black women staff and administrators at one highly selective predominantly white institution in the northeastern region of the United States. The findings from this study reveal five themes: Trust and workplace relationships; Discrepancies between policy and practice; The struggle for pay equity and advancement, Navigating “political land mines”; and Power in the physical office space. The experiences of this study’s participants were wide-ranging and based on their respective social and intersecting identities, personalities, and specific office cultures. Black women staff and administrators who were successful used their resources to make strategic decisions necessary to advance and thrive. Recommendations for how to better support and develop Black women staff and administrators in policy and practice are outlined and included in the final chapter of this research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Finney, Joni
Commitee: Tiao, Ann, Harper, Jessie
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Higher Education
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Organizational behavior, African American Studies
Keywords: Black women, Diversity and inclusion, Higher education, Organizational culture, Predominantly white institution, Staff and administrators
Publication Number: 27996864
ISBN: 9798664792614
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